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There’s a milk alternative that tastes amazing. It has a superior nutrient profile, is non-allergenic and an ethical replacement for conventionally farmed milk.  You’ve just never heard of it.

After human milk, this milk most closely meets our nutritional requirements, and has numerous health-enhancing benefits that far outstrip dairy and its more common alternatives.  With an estimated 5% of the world’s population allergic to cow’s milk, and with many showing reactivity to sheep and goat’s milk and even plant-based nut milks, what’s left? 

It’s a surprising answer and while it may be new to you, it’s certainly not new to North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia.  Camel milk has been consumed by nomadic and Bedouin cultures for hundreds of years, and is rapidly gaining popularity in Germany, The Netherlands and is available in supermarkets in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Dubai, Australia and the USA.

POWERFUL NUTRIENTS & ANTIOXIDANTS 

Camel milk is free from Beta-lactoglobulin, the main allergen in cow’s milk. It has more Vitamin C, B6, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium than cow’s milk with a far greater protein content.  It also has low milk sugar lactose along with a superior fat content and the natural antibiotics in camel milk keeps the milk fresher for a longer period. 

Camel milk is also much easier to digest as it contains A2 casein which the human body can break down much more easily than the difficult-to-digest A1 casein protein.  Many of the health advantages are due to the  immunoglobulins present in camel’s milk, contributing to strengthening and building immune health.  

THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS

Lactoferrin is the main ingredient in camel milk, preventing microbial growth in the gut, lowering inflammation and supporting immune health.

Considerable research is revealing the medical benefits of regular camel milk consumption, and some of the most important includes its ability to manage diabetes, improve the immune system, stimulate circulation, assist in the treatment of autism, lessen allergic reactions, promote growth and development, protect against certain autoimmune diseases and boost heart health.

SOUNDS FANTASTIC, BUT WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?

It’s delicious! Slightly sweet, rich and creamy, it’s very comparable to cow’s milk.  

IS IT AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Yes! Camel Milk South Africa, established in March 2015, produces fresh organic camel milk that’s frozen.  Some of the milk is pasteurised and then spray dried so it’s also available in powdered form in 100g tubs.   The camels are free roaming in a remote farm location in the Kalahari where the dry climate is ideal for the camels.  There, they are able to forage naturally on over 50 different varieties of trees, shrubs and wild grasses. 

Unlike with cows, which are fed fodder and routinely treated with antibiotics and growth hormones, these camels have naturally robust immune systems which keep them healthy requiring no veterinary interventions. Nor are the calves separated from their mothers at birth; baby camels stays with their mothers for the first month and then spend time with them twice daily at milking times.  

Happy, healthy camels produce the best nutritious milk! 

Recommended retail price is R220 for 100g

Products can be purchased online at www.camelmilksaouthafrica.co.za or www.takealot.com

Products can also be purchased at various stores listed here https://camelmilksouthafrica.co.za/online-shop/fresh-milk/

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